Saturday 2nd February 11:00-12:00

Clarendon Centre

47 New England Street

Brighton BN1 4GQ

Contact: Dr. Hong Lu, OBE,


Tel: 07876441118

Places are limited based on a first come first served basis. The China Business Forum is supported by the Brighton and Hove City Council

council logo Speakers

Geoff Raw-Chair VIP1 Geoff Raw-Chair

Geoff Raw is the chief executive of Brighton & Hove City Council. The appointment of Geoff was agreed at Full Council on 22 October 2015. Geoff was recommended for the appointment with the unanimous endorsement of the cross party recruitment panel.

Geoff joined Brighton & Hove City Council in November 2010. He was acting chief executive from May 2015 to October 2015. He was previously executive director of Environment, Development and Housing for the council.

Geoff’s experience includes working for the Mayor for London as director of Design, Strategy & Planning at the London Development Agency. He has also worked for the Housing Corporation as assistant director of Investment, and as National Housing Investment Programme Manager at HM Treasury.

As director of Environmental Policy and Performance at London Borough of Brent, Geoff commissioned environmental services and prior to that was project co-ordinator for the regeneration of Wembley. He is a professional town planner with experience at county and unitary level.

MR John McLean OBE

VIP John Mclean OBE

John McLean is a seasoned director, both as Chairman and as a Non-Executive (NED) with extensive international, public and capital market experience. John is Chairman of several China based companies and has been operating in China for about 20 years. In 2017 John chaired a report on corporate governance improvements between China and the UK for the British Embassy in Beijing and The Foreign and Commonwealth Office. John works closely with the City of London and is Vice Chairman for the Institute of Directors (IoD) for the City.

In 2011, John was elected to the board of CBBC (China Britain Business Council) and has continued to contribute to the promotion of UK/China interests. In addition to these roles, John was a member of the Council of the International charity, VSO and also was chairman of VSO China. In the 2014 New Year’s Honours list, John was honoured with an OBE for services to British business interests and the development of civil society in China.

John’s other interests include abseiling, travelling and singing and he is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. John is Chairman of Carers Trust charity and sits on the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal Board.

Aijuan Wang

VIP2 Aijuan Wang

Aijuan Wang, BSc, MSc, PhD and CEng is Strategic Development Director of China Going Out Initiative responsible for strategy, business plan and client relationship at Mott MacDonald, a global consultancy headquartered in the UK. She is also a Director for Power where she manages the key Chinese energy clients such as China General Nuclear, Gezhouba and China Three Gorges.

With thirty years’ experience, Aijuan’s professional expertise lies in power sector reform, competitive electricity markets, power generation planning, and reliability assessment. She has hands-on experience in real-time power system operations, energy policy and project development through her work with the Chinese central government Ministry of Energy in Beijing, Westinghouse Systems Limited in the UK and China Longyuan Power Group. Since joining Mott MacDonald in 1998, Aijuan has led and conducted numerous projects in the electricity market, privatisations, technical due diligence for M&A, project finance and IPOs. In recent years, Aijuan has led assignments for Chinese clients including China General Nuclear, China Three Gorges, China Guodian, Huaneng, Hebei Construction and Investment, Xi’an Electric and Dragon Power.

Aijuan obtained her bachelor’s degree at Xi’an Jiaotong University and master’s degree from North-China Electric Power University. She earned her doctorate in power engineering and management from the University of Dundee. Aijuan is a member of IET and CIGRE, and an Executive member of CIGRE-UK, a Standing Committee Member of CSEE-UK. Aijuan regularly speaks in high profiled conferences relating to Chinese investment and Sino-Britain relations.

Max Woodford

VIP3 Max Woodford

Max is a qualified town planner and has been a key player in facilitating the work of the Greater Brighton Economic Board. He is currently head of regeneration and investment at Lewes and Eastbourne Councils where he has led on the redevelopment of the North Street Quarter in Lewes and established the Newhaven Enterprise Zone. He also oversees economic growth for both councils and has been managing the planning policy function for Lewes District. He has worked for the council since 1999.


Xabi Izaguirre

VIP4 Xabi Izaguirre

Xabi Izaguirre is Head of Planning at Oban International. He has 10 years’ experience in both digital and above the line media. He leads insight and strategy at Oban, working with various target audiences and categories in markets across the world. Oban specialises in helping brands grow internationally through digital marketing and Xabi and Chloe have worked with a range of B2B and Consumer brands across 80 plus markets and 50 plus languages